The Bronze Horseman – Review

I finally read The Bronze Horseman, people! That’s enough for a celebration in itself since it has been sitting on my Kindle app for almost a year now! Everyone raves about this book and I just knew I was going to love it intensely. You guys know how much I love a good World War II story. There’s a little part of me that is always anxious to read what I know will be an amazing book because I know I will only get to experience it for the first time, well, the first time. It’s incredible to fully live inside the pages of a book that one loves, but the pain of it being over is sometimes so devastating. It’s like having a friend move to the other side of the world to my empathetic brain. I don’t want to say goodbye. Luckily I have two more books to get me through my sorrows…at least until they are over.

The Bronze Horseman was a book that reinforced my love of reading. It made me feel as if I was living the life of my characters. I stopped seeing words on the pages, forgetting about grammar, and only imagined the movie playing in my mind. When the characters were cold, I was cold. When they were starving, my stomach was rumbling. When their bodies were completely devastated, I felt physically drained. I felt the love, the agony, and the anger at Communist Russia and Nazi Germany, I felt as if I was in Leningrad in the 1940s. Only a great story, a great writer, can transport someone to a place they will never have a chance to witness personally and truly take them there with their words. It is pure magic.

While some people find fault with the characters personalities, I didn’t mind feeling annoyed with them, even sometimes angry. When I’m reading about such a heartbreaking time in history, the characters shouldn’t be flawless. I need them to be human for the story to be truly captivating.

The love between Tatiana and Alexander was epic. It compares to that of Claire and Jamie in Outlander. It is a true, soul-wrecking love story. The kind of love people only hope to experience in their lifetime. A love that ruins a person for all other people.

I can’t say enough good things about this novel. I want more, but I want to soak up this story and live in it a little longer before I start the next book. I am fortunate to be reading this novel with some former high school classmates for our book club, and will get to discuss it all over again with them in May. It will do my heart good to talk about Tatiana and Alexander again!

If you’re waiting for the chance to start this book like I was, get started now and fall in love with Tatiana and Alexander. Be transported to the war-torn Russia in 1941-1943.

Happy Reading,
♥Ashley

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Drums of Autumn – Review

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I have been reading the Outlander series since May of last year, spacing the books out as I have had time to devote to the tale. Drums of Autumn is without a doubt my favorite of the Outlander series, thus far.  I know a lot of people complain about how long these books are and how scenes could easily be cut out, but I love the depth and length of these books.  I’ll admit, when I first started reading this particular book, 1070 pages seemed quite daunting.  Especially while the story took a bit to get going in my opinion, or maybe it’s simply that I didn’t care for the political schmoozing within the storyline.  However, once we were able to dive into Brianna’s perspective, I was hooked.  This series is so ridiculously epic.  I love being with the characters for as long as we are with this series.  I am so attached to them at this point, they feel like real people to mefriends.  In the days since I’ve finished reading, I’ve been missing the characters and wondering what is going to happen to them next.  I love being able to read about their daily lives- even the things that may seem slightly mundane, because it makes them more realistic.  Diana Gabaldon reminded me why I love long books, and books in a series.  Being able to read from the perspective of Claire, Brianna, Roger, and Jamie made this book fly by for me.  I constantly was wondering where the story was going to go.  My favorite part of this book was the connection between past and present. This aspect greatly appeals to me, as someone who enjoys history and the humanity behind it.
Let’s just say, when a book is over 1000 pages and the reader is still left wanting more, it is miraculous.  Diana Gabaldon is a genius.  I can’t imagine the time it took her to research and write these books.  She has devoted nearly 30 years to this series, and from what I hear she is still plugging away. What an amazing fruit of her labor. I can’t wait to see where the series continues to take readers.

If you haven’t jumped back in time with Claire and Jamie, it is a must.  I would rather read these books than watch the show any day. To keep from giving too much away to prospective readers, I’ll stop here.  I needed to quickly rave about this excellent novel.

If you have read the series, which book is your favorite?  No spoilers, please!

 

Happy Reading,
♥ Ashley